When you think about food cravings, typically the first thing that comes to mind would be some type of junk food. Something that is high in calories, low in nutrients, processed and quite unhealthy.
I'll be honest with you -- I believe in a balanced life. I'm not saying to never enjoy a sweet treat again. The thing about a healthy lifestyle, as opposed to a short-term diet is that it is expected you will have treats from time-to-time. Life happens! And you should never let "food guilt" negatively affect you.
However, the issue with ingesting processed foods and the chemicals that come along with them on an ongoing basis is the danger of addiction and how it can disrupt the way our bodies function. It can wreak havoc on your health in more ways than you can imagine.
One of my favorite ways to combat cravings is to trade out unhealthy foods with beneficial ones. It's all about moderation and continuing to focus on better ingredients.
Like my recipe below for Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Brownies!
I've had chocolate on my mind, and these Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Brownies hit the spot. This recipe is so simple! And unlike the prepared packages sold at the grocery store, these brownies contains NO preservatives or artificial ingredients. They pack 8 grams of protein!!
And...YES! They are made with black beans!
Benefits of Black Beans
- Everyone can benefit from the protein in black beans, especially because they contain only trace amounts of saturated fat and no cholesterol as they are not an animal product.
- Consuming black beans can also increase your iron intake, which helps prevent anemia. These legumes contain around 3.6 milligrams of iron per cup, and are also a great source of calcium, vital for building and maintaining bone health. They also offer potassium that helps regulate your blood pressure and heart rate.
- Black beans are high in fiber containing both soluble and insoluble forms. Soluble fiber to help lower cholesterol and blood-glucose levels, while the insoluble fiber promotes a healthy digestive-tract and prevents constipation.
- Black beans are excellent for regulating digestive issues. The unusually high levels of protein and fiber keeps digestion flowing at a steady rate to move food through the digestive tract and helping to balanced blood sugar levels in the body.
- Molybdenum is a rare mineral not found frequently in foods, but it is found in extremely high levels in black beans. Black beans also benefit the nervous system by helping to provide the necessary amino acids and molybdenum.
Another helpful tip that I implement to fight those cravings is to indulge mindfully. When you do decide to have a treat, enjoy a smaller portion than you’d even like to have.
Always allow yourself to make the decision to enjoy a "choice meal" not a "cheat meal" - without overdoing it.
Teaching yourself restraint and how to indulge mindfully is an incredibly useful tool that you will carry with you always.